Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Kendall Sanders (2) and quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (18) celebrate with fans after beating Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. The Texas Longhorns beat the Oklahoma Sooners 36-20. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Mack Brown burns Tyrone Swoopes' redshirt in win over TCU

Late in the fourth quarter of their 30-7 win over the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown did something that many fans have been begging him to do for quite some time up to this point. He took the redshirt off of true freshman quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and he inserted him into the game.

Now, this might be a head-scratching decision to some, but the fact of the matter is that Texas is still in the Big 12 race. What also should be noted is that starting QB David Ash missed yet another game this week due to the lingering effects of a concussion. This move tonight may be Mack’s way of announcing to the nation that Ash is finished for the year.

When asked about the decision to finally play Swoopes, the long-time Texas coach had this to offer up:

“What we wanted him to see is that he better get ready and needs to practice better, because he may be playing from now on. Case could have gotten his ankle sprained tonight, and [Swoopes] didn’t have experience, and now he does.

With Swoopes now gaining some of that experience Brown speaks of, it’ll be interesting to see how he’s used going forward now.


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  • Jean Kidwell McDaniel

    Jack, the redshirt has not been burned. A redshirt freshman can play no more than 20% of the total amounts of games UT plays, or then the redshirt is burned. No disrespect, but you really need to know more about the subject before you write a blog. So a series of downs in the NM game and I think 7-8 downs in TCU game comes more where near a burn.